Thursday, May 24, 2012

Exergy Tour: Boise Takes Part in Walk to London 2012

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Children and adults marched as part of the international Walk to London movement.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Children and adults march Wednesday on the Greenbelt as part of the international Walk to London community event, celebrating the upcoming Olympics.

Assembling on the Boise Greenbelt near 13th Street and Shoreline Boulevard Wednesday, hundreds of participants turned out to take part in Boise's contribution to the international Walk to London 2012 event.

The community event was designed to simulate walking the entirety of the 5,456 miles between Los Angeles and London, the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games. Both Los Angeles and London have hosted the games twice, and in 63 days, London will host the games for the third time.

Each participating community establishes a route for participants to walk, and the Boise arm chose a 1.13-mile stretch ending at the Grove Plaza during the presentation of the teams competing in the Exergy Tour.

Members of the Boise Highlanders led the Walk to London marchers into Grove Plaza, where the Exergy Tour debuted the competing teams.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Members of the Boise Highlanders lead the Walk to London marchers into the Grove Plaza, where the Exergy Tour debuted the competing teams on Wednesday.

There, the Boise Highlanders bagpipers led the group into the tree-lined plaza, finishing at the foot of the Exergy stage. Ladies cycling's first Olympic Gold Medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney and sports announcer Dave Towle told the audience about the importance of the women's cycling competition to the 2012 Olympic games.

"This is the largest women's bicycling race outside the Olympics on the planet this year," said Towle.

With her gold medal in hand, Carpenter-Phinney said that with the games in sight, the competition would be stiff.

"Everybody knows that in an Olympic year, the stakes are higher and everybody's form is better," she said.

Many armed themselves with flags from the countries participating in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Many Walk to London marchers armed themselves with flags from the countries participating in the 2012 Olympic Games.

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